Allies reverse stand on secrecy of executions

BERLIN, Sept. 30, 1946 (UP) -- The Allied Control Council today agreed to admit war correspondents to witness the execution of Nuremberg war trial defendents.

The council agreed to allow two correspondents from each of the four occupying nations to witness the executions.


The action was taken after Hugh Baillie, president of the United Press Associations, had telegraphed Gen. Joseph T. McNarnry, American representative on the council, urging the admission of correspondents to the executions.

A protest against the proposed news blackout was launched last week by Earl J. Johnson, United Press vice president and general news manager.

The protest received widespread editorial support throughout the United States.

Today's action means the two correspondents from the United States, two from Britain, two from Russia and two from France will witness the death of any Nazis sentenced to execution.

Previously it had been planned by the council to conduct the executions in closest secrecy, with only official witnesses present.

The protest by Mr. Baillie asserted that "secret executions are not the American way."

He noted that "in the United States executions are covered by the press associations and newspapers, as part of the duty of a free press to keep the public informed."


"Friends of Americans who never came home from the war," Mr. Baillie said, "feel they have the right to a first-hand description of what happens at the place of execution, in addition to the official communiqu

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